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Center for Health Systems Innovation

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Rural Health Innovation Challenge

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2020 RHIC Competitors!

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Rural Health Innovation Challenge (RHIC) sponsored by OSU’s Center for Health Systems Innovation. We are excited to have you a part of an event where rural health organizations pitch programs, services or products to better their communities. This is a competition with cash awards. We look forward to your new ideas, hard work and fun!

When and Where?

The RHIC is a competition that requires you to register. Look for registration on the Public Health Institute of Oklahoma website after February 5th.

Semifinalists will be chosen February 28th and the competition will be held at the 2020 Oklahoma Rural Health Conference on March 4th at 3:45 pm after the 3:00 pm CHIO Annual Meeting. You can register for the conference on the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma website.

What is the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation?

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation is transforming rural and Native American health through creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. We focus specifically on rural health innovation, patient care innovation, and data analytics. We operate at the crossroads of the OSU Spears School of Business and the OSU Center for Health Sciences.

We sponsor annual innovation events to generate rural solutions to expedite helping rural Oklahoma to eliminate rural health disparities.

This is a special year! It is the second year we are challenging rural health organizations to generate proposals with a goal to more quickly and directly fund innovation for rural communities in Oklahoma!

We are again collaborating with the Public Health Institute of Oklahoma, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation/County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa Center for Health Care Delivery Sciences.

What are the Goals for the Challenge?

CHSI wants to directly award rural health organizations that are able to deploy innovative rural solutions in their own communities. Awards will be paid to established organizations, not to individuals.

Therefore, this year we are partnered with the Public Health Institute of Oklahoma, the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma, and the University of Tulsa.

We seek to increase the culture of innovation and hope together we can:

  • Network to bring new ideas to light
  • Reward teams ready to bring their ideas to market
  • Inspire others to replicate programs in their own communities
  • Have fun and enjoy the competition!

See judging criteria section for more information about the May 30th competition presentations, or we call them “pitches.”

What are the awards?

The RHIC awards are funded at a total of $6,000 funding a possible 5 $1,000 awards, a $500 people’s choice award and a $500 best use of data award.

What if I have questions before the competition?

For organizations associated with Public Health Institute of Oklahoma, dates and times will be emailed to the PHIO email list for both competition introduction and Q and A. For all others, questions about the competition can go to

How do I register for the competition? (registration required!)

Registration available on Public Health Institute of Oklahoma website after February 5th.

How do I register for the Oklahoma Rural Health Conference provided by the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma?

RHIC semifinalists will compete at the 2020 Oklahoma Rural Health Conference on March 4th. You can register for the conference on the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma website.


Deadline - February 26th

Register, Name of Proposal, Name of Presenter(s), Email contact(s), Brief description of proposal (600 words).

In 600 words or less, briefly present the program, services, or product you envision for your community including target population, possible impact, and you and your community’s ability to operationalize.

Notice to Semifinalists - February 28th

Given the short amount of time available on March 4th to present, we will invite semifinalists to ensure time is available for presentations, judging and award presentations.

What is expected in a Live Presentation, well, we call it a Pitch?

Presentations Have to Be Concise! Semifinalists will only have 7 minutes, timed, to pitch their idea to the judges. The judges are allowed 3 minutes for questions. You may use powerpoint or any other creative way to demonstrate your idea and its impact. Teams in the past have acted out the problem and what the solution would look like…. Given powerpoint presentations, created videos of what the program would mean to people. It is your seven minutes. Closer to the competition, we will be in touch with you regarding submitting the technology you need to present.

Judging Criteria



  • Quickly Introduce your team
  • Who are you? (Branding)?
  • Introduce your idea and effectiveness of layout/design


State the Problem. (Briefly! Give more time to tell about solution than the problem)

  • What is the problem your team is trying to solve? Give us details of why this problem needs to be addressed
  • What is the need this problem creates

Potential Impact of Solution

State the Solution.

  • What is your solution? Give us a little background on what the product/solution/program does. “This program will give x number of people in our community y”

Provide a Product/Solution analysis.

  • How does your solution work? Give us some details of how exactly the solution would work, how it would operationalize and how you developed the idea. Why did you think of this?

Budget and Business Plan

Describe the Targets for the solution.

  • Who in your community needs the solution? How many people are affected by your problem? How many could your solution impact?

Pitch a Business plan – How will you operationalize this solution?

  • What is the budget for your program?
  • Who is responsible for executing the plan?
  • Do you see that this a one-time investment or is it sustainable and for how long?
  • Does your solution create savings? Where?
  • Who are other community collaborators?

Community Resource Impact

Community Resources?

  • Is this a unique approach to solving your problem?
  • Has it worked other places?
  • How does this improve, enhance current community resources?


End with a Motivating Conclusion.

  • Drive your point home and close the presentation.
  • Don’t forget to effectively answer any questions the judges or audience might have.

Thanks to our 2020 RHIC sponsors!

Center for Health Systems Innovation logo

Spears School of Business logo

ROK-Net logo

The University of Tulsa, Institute for Health Care Delivery Sciences logo

Center for Health Sciences logo

Public Health Institute of Oklahoma logo

County Health Improvement Organization logo

Rural Health Association of Oklahoma logo